trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Definition of trader

1 : a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
b : a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
2 : a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

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Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders
Recent Examples on the Web Large traders miss the stability afforded by the floor. The Economist, "Off the floor Covid-19 forced trading floors to close. They’ll be back," 25 May 2020 Currency traders piled into derivatives that profit from Hong Kong dollar weakness. Richard Frost, Fortune, "Hong Kong stocks are trading like a frontier market," 25 May 2020 China’s Communist Party is again seizing factory lines churning out the world’s supply of medical safety gear — sparking fears the country is preparing for a second wave of the coronavirus, American traders in China told The Post. Fox News, "China seizes control of PPE factories, sparking fear of new coronavirus wave," 21 May 2020 Credit swaps, a type of default insurance, allow derivatives traders to hedge or speculate on creditworthiness. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Europe’s “doom loop” of government debt is alive and well," 13 May 2020 The government rate of mahuwa is Rs30 per kilogram but there is no market and no traders. Hridayesh Joshi, Quartz India, "India’s coronavirus lockdown has left its forest economy in the wilderness," 8 May 2020 In March, during the height of the coronavirus crisis, one oil trader said, Iran’s oil sales had dropped from 300,000 barrels a day to 80,000. Farnaz Fassihi, New York Times, "Cheap Oil Poses New Quandary for Iran as It Relaxes Virus Lockdown," 23 Apr. 2020 That’s a market quirk created by a glut of oil, which has traders running out of places to store it in the near term. Author: Stan Choe, Anchorage Daily News, "Oil market plummets further on concerns about crash in demand," 21 Apr. 2020 With no end in sight, and producers around the world continuing to pump, that’s causing a fire-sale among traders who don’t have access to storage. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Oil prices fall to historic lows, as West Texas crude futures drop to negative $37.63," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of trader

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of trader was in 1566

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29 May 2020

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“Trader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trader

: a person who buys, sells, or exchanges goods


trad·​er | \ ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio) \

Kids Definition of trader

1 : a person who trades
2 : a ship engaged in commerce

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